Food For Thought An estimated 100 billion pounds of food, enough to totally eliminate hunger, is thrown away annually in the United States. It does not have to be this way - and you can help. Your support of the AmpleHarvest.org Campaign helps many more food pantries receive fresh produce - improving community health while also helping the environment.
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"AmpleHarvest.org is one of the most innovative groups I've met."
Jon Carson, Director of the Presidents Office of Public Engagement, White House, DC
"Within one hour of registering Community Resource Center on the AmpleHarvest.org website I received a call from a local family of four with 10 orange trees. I spoke with the mother of the family and she said that until she heard of AmpleHarvest.org her family was spending time cleaning up rotten fruit off the ground. Now her family can spend time harvesting fruit to give to low income families in their community. Since speaking with her, she has dropped off 8 large bags full of locally grown oranges."
Sarah, Community Resource Center Food Pantry, CA
"I can tell you how much those who utilize the food pantry enjoy the opportunity to take home some fresh produce. The turnips were flying out the door yesterday. Yes, that's right. These are the same turnips (except these are organically grown) that sit unloved in the grocery store produce section. Keep that fresh produce coming. It's good for the whole country because healthier people means less money going to the hospitals."
Katherine Meyers, Newport Food Panry, CA
Michelle Obama speaking and writing about AmpleHarvest.org here.
First Lady Michelle Obama, Let's Move!, White House, DC
"Through your work at AmpleHarvest.org, local food pantries are connected with backyard gardeners. This partnership ensures that families who visit food pantries have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, while at the same time making sure that food grown in backyard gardens across America is not wasted. USDA supports the efforts of AmpleHarvest.org to end hunger in America and to improve access to nutritious, fresh produce for many low-income families. USAD's Food and Nutrition Service is committed to reducing hunger and improving access to nutritious food for low-income Americans. We commend your dedication to this goal and thank you for helping to ensure that needy Americans are able to feed their families."
United State Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, DC
"Because of AmpleHarvestorg, our food pantry got lots of lovely, delicious grapefruit the first part of 2012. This cool man even washed & bagged the fruit. And before that I thought no one knew we were in existence. Thank you AmpleHarvest.org"
Patricia A. Wilson Sircy, Meal Mania Food Panry, FL
"Misericordia University was notified that the shelves of a nearby food pantry, the Pastor's Food Pantry of Noxen, PA, were nearly bare - the overflow storage was clear and the town was in desperate need, as an average of 68 families visit this pantry on any given week. A prayer was answered when Leanne Mazurick of AmpleHarvest.org contacted the Campus Ministry office in hopes to coordinate a food rescue event at the Fertile Grounds garden... Students gathered to harvest crops from the garden which would have otherwise gone to waste. On one Tuesday morning, a few generous souls offered their time and talents to gather up extra collard greens, bok choy, swiss chard, cabbage, broccoli, and a few tomatoes. Later that week, more volunteers met at the close of the Farmer's Market and rescued boxes of items left over including kale, eggplant and apples which went to a local women's shelter that rarely receives donations of fresh produce... We're so grateful to Ample Harvest for contacting us and coordinating this extraordinary effort! "
Kristen Samuels, Misercordia University, PA
"AmpleHarvest.org has been a huge benefit to our partner agencies and has really helped getting fresh fruits to those in need."
Liz Landa, Feeding America of San Diego, CA
"AmpleHarvest.org is a powerful example of the message the NCC has been preaching for years. Providing and sharing fresh food is not only eco-just -- it's biblically sound and theologically prophetic."
Cassandra Carmichael, National Council of Churches, DC
"I wanted to let you know that a representative from one of our local farmers/community garden contacted me today desiring to donate excess vegetables to our Fresh Market. He was made aware of us through the AmpleHarvest.org website. I'm very happy that your organization has a presence on the internet, and that you are connecting local farmers and food pantries."
Crystal Robinson, Breakthrough Urban Ministries, IL
"Need fresh produce? Here is a website that connects farmers & backyard gardeners to your food pantry....The hope is that growers will turn their surplus produce into food for the needy, thereby preventing waste.
It's a great idea and a wonderful site. All you have to do is register your pantry (we already registered our Food Bank). That will allow growers to do a search by zip code and show the grower the location of the nearest food pantry where they can take their produce donations. The website even includes maps and directions."
Robert Srodulski, God's Pantry food Bank, KY
"We have been trying to find a good way to communicate to gardeners which food shelves they can donate to. I think AmpleHarvest.org is the missing link we have been looking for."
Tony Mans, Second Harvest Heartland, MN
"[AmpleHarvest.org is] a win-win model: the kitchen growers have the satisfaction of seeing their surplus food being eaten, and enjoyed. Impoverished pantry and shelter residents get to eat decent meals. And, down the road, the health care system saves money because the population is eating better, healthier, fare."
Sasha Abramsky, Huffington Post
"I support your efforts in getting wholesome food to those in need."
Timothy Vogel, Community Food Bank of NJ, NJ
"We are very excited to be included by your organization here at Island Harvest."
Kimberly Harvey, Island Harvest, NY
"We are very supportive of this program."
Cindy Stevens, Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma,OK
"What's most exciting about AmpleHarvest.org is that anyone can help connect their surplus produce to pantries, from community gardens, to ambitious backyard gardeners (or front-yard, in my own personal case), to apartment dwellers who use that crazy upside down tomato planter."
"AmpleHarvest.org... touched on an underrated problem in the food recovery world. How can individuals or institutions donate fresh food when they don't know where to bring it?
AmpleHarvest.org was created to solve that problem by providing an easy way for backyard gardeners to find the food pantries closest to their home. It's a neat idea. Because not only do pantries need more donations to meet their increased demand, but they also need fresh produce to provide healthy meals to those who don't get enough nourishment."
Jonathan Bloom, www.wastedfood.com
"The Garden Writers of America just published on their forum this interesting new organization. It's called AmpleHarvest.org. They're connecting backyard gardeners nationwide with local food pantries. When you've got an abundance of produce - zucchini anyone? - you can donate it to a local food pantry who will give it to the needy.
This [AmpleHarvest.org] is a great program that gardeners and small farmers can, and should, embrace. ... Promote the idea to your farming friends so that they know were and when they can drop off contributions. People who use a food bank deserve fresh food and in today's economy there are more people than ever who need the help. So don't let the tomatoes get over ripe because you cannot can any more, bug your local food bank to take them, or set up your own table outside the food bank so that people can help themselves."
Kate Copsey, Atlanta Gardening Examiner
"Best of luck with this venture - this is a phenomenal idea!"
Colleen Duerr, VP America's Grow-A-Row
"Plant A Row for the Hungry welcomes AmpleHarvest.org and all other resources that can help PAR participants share their garden surplus with those in need in their local neighborhoods and communities-the more local, the better. We currently cooperate with Feeding America, neighborhood food pantries, local soup kitchens, churches, civic organizations and any other groups that can help channel fresh produce to those in need.
It takes a lot of time and resources to find local food agencies everywhere PAR has programs. Any service that can help identify more local food agencies to make donations more convenient for gardeners is certainly one we will be happy to recommend. That will save PAR a lot of time and leave more resources to spend on encouraging more people to garden. We appreciate Gary's efforts and look forward to working for everyone's success."
Robert LaGasse, Plant A Row for the Hungry
"Marketing/Communications thinks this is an exciting endeavor."
Layney McGinn, YMCA of the USA
"A brilliant initiative.
Not only is this ("In the latter half of the 20th century, large stretches of farmlands that had fed America were converted to housing developments. AmpleHarvest.org is part of an effort to return some of that land back to feeding America.") something we should all support, but we should also encourage suburban home owners associations to relax "turf" covenants, so that more lawns can be turned into gardens.
Congratulations with this initiative, and much success!"
Lya Sorano, The Accidental Gardener
"This is a great idea!! Last year I had so many peppers. My parents had many tomatoes. I wish we knew earlier so that we could have planted more!!! :-)"
Christine Truhn, Facebook
"... We discovered you on the web and have been blown away by your interest. We are a small church of 75 people, but we have a huge heart for our community and those in need. Every month we put together enough boxes of food to where we are feeding between 40 and 70 families a month. Sometimes the food is donated from stores but usually from people in the church. If we had more food we could help more people... "
New Light Church of God, Riverside CA
"... [our food bank] has sent your website and produce offer out to us....I do have to say is 'Hot Diggity!!'"
Kathy Auger , LIFE Food Pantry, Loveland OH